Official arrested over forgery

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A member of hygiene and sanitation inspection team in Kimihurura Sector of Gasabo District has been arrested for allegedly forging receipts through which he embezzled Rwf500, 000 he had illegally collected from two penalized companies in Kimihurura.

Daniel Gasana Ababa currently detained at Kimihurura Police Station, was arrested on October 4 following a complaint raised by the two affected business firms.

Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu said that in August and September, Ababa and the entire team was on the usual inspection in Kimihurura where the two companies in question were fined Rwf800, 000 all together for breaching hygiene standards.

However, Ababa went behind the back of his team, forged receipts which even had been phased out and no longer in use in Kimihurura, and fraudulently secured the official stamp, which he issued to the firms and collected all the money,” Supt. Hitayezu said.

“Instead of going ahead and deposit all the money on the provided account in SACCO, which was also not the right channel, Ababa deposited only Rwf300, 000,” he added.

Normally, there is a new official paper issued to the penalized firm indicating the amount of money one is supposed to pay as a fine. It is the same paper the culprit is supposed to use to pay the money on the provided account and take the receipt to the responsible office for clearance and a prerequisite to be granted permission to reopen.

Supt. Hitayezu warned against using authority for personal ends describing the act as “unfortunate and indecent behaviour” expected of a leaders.

Ababa’s action, he noted, is abuse of office, forgery and embezzlement.

Embezzlement under article 325 of the penal code is punishable with a term of imprisonment of seven to ten years and a fine of two to five times the value of the embezzled property.

Under article 609, any person who forges or alters documents by forged signature or fingerprint, falsifying documents or signatures or impersonation, forging agreements, its provisions, obligations, discharged obligations shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of more than five to seven years and a fine of Rwf300, 000 to Rwf3 million.

 

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